The Core Knowledge Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission toward educational excellence and equity. The curriculum turns education into an adventure, exploring historical and modern cultures around the globe. It is designed to develop literate and responsible citizens, situating skills and assessment in specific topics of knowledge, called the Core Knowledge Sequence. These materials are under constant revision to provide more representative and diverse content.
Collaborative Literacy is a learning paradigm in which social and emotional learning is an intrinsic part of reading and writing instruction. Firmly rooted in best practices, Collaborative Literacy reflects the following principles:
Learners become independent readers, writers, and thinkers
The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. (Adams, 1990) With the Heggerty curriculum, students receive daily practice in both. This explicit instruction scaffolds support for students to work with early, basic and advanced phonemic awareness skills. With daily lessons, students are able to build the necessary foundation to become automatic decoders of print.
IEW, a sequentially scaffolded curriculum, develops oral and written language skills beginning with the imitation of mentor texts through the development of creative writing skills. Students are taught structure and style with an emphasis on a continuous cycle of listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking.
Through Eureka Math, students learn to think, strategize and solve problems, not just get answers. This curriculum teaches mathematics as a "story," building students’ knowledge to help them achieve deep understanding of the why behind the numbers. While this approach is unfamiliar to those of us who grew up memorizing mathematical facts and formulas, it has been tested and proven. Today, it has been adopted as the most widely used math curriculum in the U.S.
FoodCorps is a national program that envisions a future where all children - regardless of race, place or class - know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. FoodCorps lesson plans are tied to national academic standards and were developed following Culturally Responsive Teaching, Place Based Learning and Social and Emotional Learning best practices and frameworks. A lens of Agroecology focuses the MITCH Agriculture Program on social and ecological concepts like diversity, interdependence, connection, and culture. Indigenous ways of knowing and resilient communities are a central focus. Our school garden is the site where much of this learning happens, including a school-wide composting program and partnerships with local non-profits.
The Great Body Shop is a comprehensive health education curriculum that is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive and medically accurate. Their mission is to equip children and their families with the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy choices throughout their lives. The Great Body Shop promotes wellness through the integration of ten health content strands including substance abuse and violence prevention, injury and personal safety, fitness and nutrition, disease and illness prevention, body systems, growth & development, illness & disease prevention and consumer and environmental health. Teachers and students work with instructional materials to provide a solid understanding of the health issues found in TGBS's magazine. At the end of each month, students take the Student Issue of the magazine home and use it for family activities, discussions and homework.